Saturday, February 06, 2010

Imagining the Past


Remember When was the theme for our ATC group last month, and I couldn’t decide what to do for the exchange, probably because there are so many choices available. I’m at the age now where my own past is full of all sorts of interesting nooks and crannies (to me at least.) I actually remember wearing white eye shadow, ironing my hair and meeting Manfred Mann in an Eskimo art shop at Yorkdale Plaza.
So what to choose?
I debated doing an ATC of The Beatles concert I went to with my friend Barb on September 7th, 1964. I saw The Stones, James Brown, The Dave Clark Five and The Mamas and Papas in the 60s too, and lots of bands like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Supertramp, and Genesis in the 70s. One balmy night I even experienced Yoko Ono wailing from inside a burlap bag.
But the problem with being a 60s and 70s girl is that while the years may be piling up, you’re still not copyright free. So this led me to imagining a past for the threesome shown above.
I like this carte d’viste because the little girl is being hugged by her dad, which is an unusual thing to see in pictures from this era. And I’m guessing he must have been especially fond of her because you usually see the young ones grouped around the mother. Then again, maybe the woman shown is her stepmother. Or perhaps the man is the little girl’s grandfather, and the woman he’s seated with is his much younger second wife who is not that that happy being photographed with the grandchild he adores.
There are really lots of scenarios available to anyone with an active imagination here. But it occurred to me that it might be more interesting to rewrite your own personal history instead. I think I'm going to add dating Mike Smith of The Dave Clarke Five to mine.

13 comments:

Leslie Jane Moran said...

So nice to see you back....waaay back when! You had such an interesting childhood. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Once again, my inspiration. Lovely work.

martha brown said...

LOL -- that's a good one to add.... I'll have to think about my embellished history and get back to you.....
I love what you've done with the ATC -- are the buttons read or scanned?

La Dolce Vita said...

oh I love to rewrite my own personal history! kinda like the movie Big Fish! xo

me again said...

Well, the true part would be that in 1972 at a restaurant in Yorkville, Alice Cooper was having dinner at a table just a couple away from mine. I was 14, at dinner with my father and his girlfriend, and was totally starstruck and mesmerized and terrified to approach the table to ask for an autograph. Now, the embellished part would be to take away the fright and just imagine the rest............
:-)
I also saw Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band play the Bandshell at the Ex on a hot August afternoon, also in 72. They were nowhere near being the headliners (that honour went to April Wine, a band that I saw at least 3 times back in the 70s, although that was the first time) and played mid-afternoon in an all-day-all-night marathon concert (also featuring an unknown magician named Doug Henning) and, truth be told, people started to boo them. I could also let my imagination go crazy with that one.......if only I'd tried to go backstage......
What fun! Thanks for the prompt to go down memory lane :-)

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

I wanted to see Supertramp when they came to Kingston one year, a very long time ago. Parents said I was too young. I do remember the tickets were $7.50. And I had the $7.50 too. Only other concert I have been to was the Moody Blues in Detroit as a teen. An outside concert.

José said...

Beautiful ATC. It's lovely to imagine a history of these people. Old pictures always make me wonder about the lives of the people on them. I was to young to see concerts in the sixties and seventies. But in the eighties I saw Prince, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Mink DeVille and lots of other smaller bands. Some of them became famous later. For example Pearl Jam. Last year I saw Kaiser Chiefs and in March I will go to a concert of Tindersticks. So I'm still rocking every now and then. Thanks for this trip to music memoryland.

Irene said...

I feel so unworldly, my concert dates are quite limited to Sharon, Lois and Bram, Eric Nagler,Fred Penner, and of course the latest was that Chinese show Leslie and I attended and were sort of stunned by. We were so stunned by it that I can't remember the name of it. And I think this is definitely a journal prompt, if anyone is short of journals I have a few sitting waiting on my shelf.

azirca said...

That's quite an array of musical performances there. I can count on one hand how many concerts that I have attended.
Love your Remember When ATC and story.

Godelieve said...

It's fun to read what you're imagining when looking at this photo, now I'm wondering too... what's their age, relationship,...

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Ganga Fondan said...

Hey I haven't been online for a while. I love what you did with this picture. :) I was a late bloomer and ended up seeing rod Stewart live in my late twenties and just loved the concert. (From what I can remember)
I'll catch up soon!!!
Smiles across the miles.

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